We paid a visit to a heart specialist today so I could find out what’s causing Atlas’ heart murmur. The news wasn’t as bad as it could be, but it wasn’t as good either. He has mitral valve regurgitation, and the prognosis apparently is variable – meaning that he could worsen rapidly, or he could continue to compensate for years.
It seems to me that the lesson here is to remember to enjoy each moment. And so I shall. Right after I give myself this evening to accept the fact that my beloved pup may not be around as long as I’d like him to be.
But poor Atlas – the doctor said excess salt should be avoided so no more potato chips or “snausages” or hot dogs! Not that he got them much – if ever – before, but at least the possibility existed.